Quote: Originally Posted by smithsunknown
(1st post) Disk management says that the drive is online but I cannot assign a drive letter to it. Here is a screenshot for your reference. [Link
If you right-click on the cross-hatched space of the drive, do you have a "FORMAT" item not grayed out that you can select?
If so, select it and choose "NTFS" and follow the wizard. That should probably do the trick and get a drive letter assigned.
Alternatively, have you tried Partition Wizard... either standalone boot CD or using the installed program under Windows 7. PW should have no problem dealing with this drive, and also being able to "format" it to NTFS, or of necessary being able to "delete all partitions" and then you can "create partition" and format to NTFS, etc.
Partition Wizard can be used to do anything Diskmgmt can do, and more. It also has a standalone boot CD which can be used for more significant drive/partition work... involving the OS's C-partition... which cannot be completed while actually running under Windows but which must be done at re-boot time (or using the standalone boot CD for PW).
You can get [free] Partition Wizard Home Edition v5.2 from here
You can download the ISO for the standalone boot CD from here
, and then use something like [free] IMGBURN (which you can get from here)
to burn the ISO to CD.
Anyway, I think FORMAT TO NTFS may solve your problem. It may currently be formatted as HFS if the drive was initially intended to be used as an external drive for a Mac by the manufacturer, rather than Windows.
Re-formatting to NTFS is a required pre-step before being able to use such a drive on Windows.